For the latest news, information and resources on Tempe’s coronavirus response, please visit

Oral History Collections

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option
In 1970, members of the Tempe Historical Society began taping interviews with some of the oldest long-time residents of Tempe. This effort to preserve the community's remembered history continues today. Volunteers and interns at the Tempe history Museum have conducted over 300 recorded interviews to date, and most of these have been fully transcribed. The originals are kept in the Tempe History Museum research library and are available for research by appointment.

Transcriptions of some Tempe Leaders' oral histories are below:

Government Leaders:

Noteworthy Citizens:

The following people have oral history transcriptions linked to their name as well as biographies at Exploration Stations in The Tempe History Museum Main Exhibit Gallery.

Building Our Community:

Surviving in the Desert:

College Town:

Community Leaders:

Diversity Leaders:

School Leaders:

Living Together, Champions of Diversity:

  •  Esquer, Cecilia 

More Resources:

List of other Noteworthy Tempe Leaders


Here are some helpful websites to use when looking up information on Tempe Leaders:

Tempe Public Library

Tempe Parks

Tempe Historic Properties





Free viewers are required for some of the attached documents.
They can be downloaded by clicking on the icons below.

Acrobat Reader Download Acrobat Reader Flash Player Download Flash Player Windows Media Player Download Windows Media Player Microsoft Silverlight Download Microsoft Silverlight Word Viewer Download Word Viewer Excel Viewer Download Excel Viewer PowerPoint Viewer Download PowerPoint Viewer